A mother’s job

My son, Jay, is in the middle of job-hunting adventures. He has had three interviews with one company that he really would like to work for, and someone from that company is supposed to call him with news—good or bad—during the next week. Jerry, his father, and I hope the news is good. “I’m worried […]

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Clean out your refrigerator

According to our friends at the Chocolate Angel Café and Tea Room in Richardson, Texas, November 14 is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. We are not participating. We wish we could tell you that our refrigerators are so pristine that they don’t need cleaning. That is not the case. No, we would love to […]

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Resolute Woman? Or, superwoman?

Fayteen recently had surgery. “The doctor told me that I’ll be driving in a week,” she told me before the surgery. “I’ll be back to normal in a week or two.” I know for certain that Fayteen is a Resolute Woman and that her determination and optimism are strengths. Sometimes, however, even Resolute Women try […]

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The chief executive optimist

Talia Leman was 10 years old in 2005 when she heard about the damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She decided to do something. Soon she was on the “Today” show talking about her plans to ask for contributions on Halloween night. The governor held a press conference to promote her efforts. A grocery […]

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Tell every girl you know

Nicole Small, chief executive officer at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, has an important message. • Being a girl is great. • Girls are good at math. • Being a Girl Scout is amazing. “Tell every girl you know,” Small instructed the audience at the recent Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas […]

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A great figure among moderns

I recently saw “End of the Day—Nightscape IV” by Louise Nevelson at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Nevelson, the plaque next to the art work explains, did not achieve critical acclaim until the 1950s when she was included in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The primary […]

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A salute to Ruth Bernerito

I’m wearing a wrinkle-free cotton shirt today in honor of Ruth Bernerito. Bernerito, whose death at 97 was reported recently in the Los Angeles Times, was born in 1916 in New Orleans. After she graduated from high school at 14 and started taking classes at Newcomb College, she was “one of two women allowed to […]

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Inspiration from Alice Munro

Alice Munro, who recently won a 2013 Nobel Prize in literature, once was a mother with young children. She wanted to write, but she didn’t have time to produce a novel. Instead, Munro, now 82, wrote short stories. “For years and years, I thought that stories were just practice till I got time to write […]

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Should women drive?

A cleric in Saudia Arabia, where women are banned from driving, recently warned that driving hurts women’s childbearing prospects. Sheik Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan explained that driving “affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upward.” As a result, women drivers could have “children with clinical problems of varying degrees.” We read about this preposterous claim […]

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The all-knowing, ruthless beauty god

I look into my mirror. What’s wrong with my hair? Are those new wrinkles? Have I gained weight? Who’s talking? The all-knowing, ruthless beauty god, says Cheryl Strayed. We all know that looks really don’t matter and that, actually, they do matter to most of us, explains Strayed in her book Tiny Beautiful Things—Advice on […]

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